LA has a reputation for being an early city. The bars close at 2:00am, and many people don't even make it that late. Yes, there are pockets of late night activity to be found around the city, but all in all, LA is sleepier than many big cities during the early morning hours.
But, when viewed from a more macro perspective, it is obvious that the city is still very much alive, pulsing with activity and lots of people moving around. During a recent shoot at Mt. Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains, I ended up staying fairly late and became enthralled with the level of activity in the city below. I made a number of subsequent trips back to see and capture more during the early morning hours. I was also lucky enough to catch the entire LA basin fogged in after 2:00am one night, resulting in the dark night sky making an appearance above the shrouded city.
Mt. Wilson is only one of over 50 locations I'm visiting around the LA area for an upcoming project. I can't wait to share more of this city, both the known and lesser known. Suffice it to say, there is much more to LA than most people imagine.
Shot on Canon cameras and lenses.
Motion control by eMotimo TB3.
Processed with Adobe Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro.
About me: I shoot stock footage and photos, available directly or through Getty, Corbis, and others. I am also available to shoot custom footage for projects worldwide.
June 8 2013, The Vercors BASE Team opened a new exit point on the Point Durier in the Mt Blanc Massif. It is now possibly the world's biggest BASE jump, with 3000m (9,840 feet) of flyable altitude from a natural cliff exit.
Pilots: Vincent "Le Blond" Descols (Squirrel Aura), Jean-Phi Gady (Squirrel Colugo), Mael Baguet (Squirrel Colugo), and Mathieu Leroux. squirrel.ws
At a star party in August 2009 I took my first long exposure photograph of the night sky. I was so thrilled with the results that I dedicated most moonless weekends since then to photographing two things I love the most in nature - the night sky and the Ocean.
Taking a series of images and combining them into a time lapse video sequence made it even more interesting. I have since experimented with all-night time lapses, panning motion, etc. But most importantly I've enjoyed the journey immensely.
This time lapse video is the result of almost 1.5 years of work, 31 hours of taking images during six nights on Southern Ocean Coast in Australia.